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November 11/14/22, 2022
Celia Berk\'s New Album Features Songwriting Gems from The Great American Songbook Celia Berk, the multi-award winning jazz vocalist based in New York City, just released her much anticipated 3rd studio album, 'Now That I Have Everything.' Celia is known for her covers of hidden songwriting gems and has been praised by some of the most prominent champions of The Great American Songbook. She has attracted listeners from around the world and made memorable appearances at Carnegie Hall, Jazz At Lincoln Center, Birdland Theater, The Town Hall, and the National Arts Club.

Her cover of "Love," words and music by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin, is the 4th song on 'Now That I Have Everything" and stands out due to her captivating performance and take on the song. It was arrangement by Tedd Firth with Sean Gough and Celia of course provides her fabulous vocals. In the journalist and author Will Friedwald's words, "Celia makes us realize, in a way few singers can, that love is, in fact, never ever the same."

Celia is delicate and deliberate when it comes to her music. She has only respect for the great songwriters that she covers. Her voice is simultaneously grounded and airy, emulating a sense of wonder, passion, and utter joy.

"I very much admire the music of Hugh Martin, whose best-known songs include 'The Trolley Song' and 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,'" says Celia. "His 'I’m The First Girl (In The Second Row, In The Third Scene of the Fourth Number)' – introduced by Nancy Walker in the Broadway show 'Look, Ma, I’m Dancin’!' – is included in my latest cabaret show. And, with singer Rich Flanders, I recorded ISN’T IT ROMANTIC/WASN’T IT ROMANTIC, in which Martin and Marshall Barer wrote a beautiful countermelody intended for Jeanette McDonald to perform as a duet with her younger self singing the Rodgers & Hart classic."

She continues, "Lena Horne introduced LOVE in the 1945 movie 'Ziegfeld Follies.' There are many wonderful recordings by many great interpreters of the Great American Songbook. Tedd took the arrangement Sean and I had developed and gave it a drive propelled by Rex Benincasa’s percussion. There’s a kind of whiplash to the lyrics of this list song. So I experience the way Tedd tagged “never the same” at the end as a kind of collective exhaustion after an impossible effort to nail down just what love can be."

Listen to "Love"
https://open.spotify.com/track/3c42s13sAuQJAge4LDlwVk?si=ba931d72e1d943bb

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